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5 Questions: TCU vs Texas Tech

Raider Power publisher Jarret Johnson answers five questions regarding Texas Tech.

1.) TCU QB Kenny Hill is currently No. 10 in the country in passing yards, with Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomet No. 1. So the question is, will it be the first one to 70 points wins? 

"Ha Ha. It sure seems like it. Of course TCU almost got to 100 last time these two met in Fort Worth then last season was an instant classic with both teams putting up a lot of points. Mahomes is actually healthier heading into this game than he's been in about a month and definitely more so than most of the game between these two last season when he hurt his knee. I expect both quarterbacks to have great games. Kyle Hicks will run wild as well."

2.) The Red Raiders are No. 2 in points per game, but No. 127 in points against. Is this the worst defense you have ever seen? 

"Why yes, yes it is. Not only did the Red Raiders allow touchdowns on all six Sooner second half possessions last week, but Tech hasn't forced a turnover in 12 quarters and has only come up with five overall in seven games. This is the worst Texas Tech defense in program history and that is quite a statement."

3.) Kliff Kingsbury is now 22-23 at Tech. How warm is his seat and how closely will any sign of improvement by the defense possibly dictate things going forward?

"Kingsbury is definitely feeling the heat, but has some security for one reason; He's guaranteed $9.4M after this season on a dubious contract extension which runs through 2020, given to him after his first (and best at 8-5) season in Lubbock. Tech simply does not have the money to get rid of him and hire an adequate replacement."

4.) Give us a sleeper on offense and a sleeper on defense TCU fans need to know about. 

"Inside receiver Keke Coutee has come on as of late. He has great hands, runs a sub-4.4 40 and is a very physical runner with the ball in his hands. He and all the inside receivers--Jonathan Giles, Cameron Batson, Ian Sadler--have been uncoverable all season. No disrespect to TCU and Patterson, but I would be very surprised if that changed Saturday. On defense I'll go with true freshman linebacker Jordyn Brooks. He's 240 pounds and can run. Brooks also leads the team in tackles with 43."

5.) Your biggest key to the game and prediction?

"Turnovers. As you mentioned I think both offenses are going to execute at a very high level. Hill, who I covered a lot in high school and am a big fan of, has been turnover prone. Tech is among the very worst in the nation in forcing turnovers. Something has to give. If Hill takes care of the ball I think TCU wins, if the Red Raiders force two or more turnovers then Tech gets out of Funky Town with a win as Mahomes is just the better quarterback right now."


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